Changing the padding on ossias that start/end mid-bar

You can change how far staff lines extend beyond the left/right of ossia staves that begin/end in the middle of bars. Padding such ossia staves ensures that notes, accidentals, rhythm dots, and other items are always shown on staff lines.


  1. Press Ctrl/Cmd-Shift-E to open Engraving Options.
  2. Click Staves in the category list.
  3. In the Ossias section, change the values for Extend staff lines at start of ossia and/or Extend staff lines at end of ossia.
  4. Click Apply, then Close.


The padding before and/or after ossia staves that start/end mid-bar is changed project-wide.


Figure 1. Ossia staff with no padding
Figure 2. Ossia staff with padding set to 3 both at the start and end